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Fall Frolic is Finished

It's been a while since I have posted.  Sorry about that.  Life does seem to get in the way of doing things that need to be done. 

I did have a quilt finish.  I finally finished the Bonnie Hunter (Quiltville) 2019/2020 Mystery quilt.  I didn't do a lot of fancy quilting.  It was so busy that it wouldn't have shown anyway and I'm getting to the point that getting it done is better than letting it sit there.  I did do some fall leaf design in the border though. 



It turned out less mottled than I thought it would be since there wasn't a whole lot of value change in the red and orange, but I like it still.  It will make a great bed quilt in the fall which is exactly what I wanted. 

My younger sister has consigned me to make a quilt for a friend's daughter for her high school graduation.  It took a while to get the fabrics I needed and now I have 108 6.5" HST with a creamy yellow background and some beach color solid fabrics.  These are the times I really wish …
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A Couple of Finishes and some WIPS

But I will never admit to all the haul I've been purchasing lately.  Could be where I'm getting comfort from whilst stuck at home (except on Tuesdays and Thursdays when I have to go to work--teleworking on Mon-Wed-Fri). 

But I did finish my Summer Swoon quilt.  This fabric was bought several years ago during a late night Party Party Party that the now closed local quilt shop had. 


Pretty subtle summer colors but it has lemons and ginghams and a little brighter in real life  It will be perfect for my summer bed spread. 

With the Material Girls challenge my next project  to work on is Frolic, the Bonnie Hunter mystery.  All the parts are together, and the full blocks are done.  Just need to piece the side and corner pieces and put it all together.  Just!  Ha! It's a Bonnie Hunter quilt - thousands of pieces.  I'm not thrilled with my color choices - it sounded so pretty in my head but just not enough contrast in real life.  But it will be perfect for my bed in the fall  …

It's been a while

I just about fainted when I saw my last post date.  It's been a rocky road around here.  First I was going to get a divorce and move out but now I'm not getting a divorce and I'm staying.  I'm still unpacking boxes.  Long story - 25 years was too long a time to be married without a fight and we both realized we still loved each other so we are working on it.  So far so good.  I have my moments but I try to talk them out and work them out.  We are talking a lot and laughing together and doing things we haven't done in almost 10 years.  It's like we're dating again.  Fun.  But on to stitchy news. 

Quilting

I haven't been doing a lot of sewing.  Last July before my dad fell and all that drama I stayed with him for 2 weeks and after he went to bed each night I cut kits out.  This was one of the Fig Tree Little Box of Figs projects. 

I did get almost done with the final Bonnie Hunter mystery clues.  And I started a Swoon quilt - another one I had cut out last…

2020 Goals and projects

So for 2020 our friendship group is having a similar WIP challenge as a popular quilt magazine.  You list 10 items on your WIPs list and assign a month to it.  Your goal is to at least work on that quilt during that month.  You don't have to finish the quilt - just make some progress.  We also have a second challenge to use a ruler, template or tool that you bought and have never used and to include text somehow. 

Here is my quilt list for 2020.  a

1.  Finish the 9 pillow sleeves I started 2 years ago.  (February)
2.  Orca Bay (Started about 3 or 4 years ago)  (May)



3.  Straits of Mackinac (Green & White) (October)
4.  Summer Swoon 16 (March)
5.  Boutique Items (September)
6.  Frolic (April)
7.  Aqua/White Circle of Illusion (June)
8.  Block of the Year Christmas Applique (August)
9.  Fall Runner for Brenda (July)
10.  Snowman Embroidery (November)
11.  Little Box of Figs Heart Quilt (January)

And now that I have a new hobby of cross stitching, I thought I better make a list o…

2019 Quilt and Cross Stitch Parade

Even with this being the crappiest year, I have surprised myself on how much I did get done.  I had 13 items on my 2019 Goals list and I was able to finish 8 of them.  (Orange Jamestown Landing, Good Fortune BH Mystery) Black/Tan Idol quilt, Guild mystery, Moda Blockhead, Consignment Blue quilt, Trick or Treat, Material Girl Challenge-curved leaves) 

Cross Stitching has been added to my hobby list which was a blessing to have since I spent a lot of time sitting in a hospital and rehab with my dad.  So without any further ado...

The Quilts...



The Cross Stitching...

The Common Thread Quilt Guild Annual Boutique Items (there were more I just didn't take pictures of everything this year.


And the 2019 Ornament Exchange...

Tomorrow I'll work on my goals for 2020.  Since my friendship group is having a list of WIPS to work on it shouldn't take me that long for the quilts.  I also have kitted up about 13 new cross stitch patterns so I'll share those too. 

Thanks for looking an…

Material Girl 2019 Challenge Quits

I'm late posting this but at least I'm getting it done before Christmas.

My friendship group, Material Girls, has an annual challenge.  This year it was we had to piece curves.  When we chose the challenge I knew exactly what I wanted to do.  I posted mine a couple posts ago, but just in case you missed it, here is my quilt.

Here's the rest of the group's quilts.










We don't have to have it finished.  We don't even have to do it.  It's just something most of us like to do. 

This next year our challenge is to use a ruler or technique we haven't used (you know - we all buy those things and never use them.)  We also have to incorporate text of some sort on the piece - either using fabric with words on it or applique, embroider, etc.

And since we all have a lot of WIPs (Works in Progress) we each have to submit a list of at least 10 WIPS we have that we want to work on next year.  We pick a month we want to work on it.  On the form we have listed what we have …